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Other area teams suffer first-round losses at Region III/4A tournament

Kards top Bears

Posted: Friday, March 16, 2001

The Kenai Kardinals girls basketball team set an example for all of the Region III/4A Kenai Peninsula teams to follow, becoming the only peninsula squad to notch a win during the first round of the regional tournament Thursday.

The Kards took the ball straight to the hole against the Kodiak Bears, beating them 44-29 while not allowing the fact that the Bears had the home-court advantage to affect them.

The Kardinals and the Bears fought it out in the first half as Kenai held on to an 11-4 lead by playing tough defense.

The Kards looked to the scoring ability of Karli Knudsen, who led the squad with 16 points, to lead them to the hard-fought victory and one step closer to the team's goal of a Region III championship.

The Kardinals settled into their groove in the second half, outscoring the Bears 33-21 to blow open the tight game.

The Kardinals followed the lead of Knudsen but also relied on the balanced attack they have used all year long as Jamie Montgomery added 12 points, Erica Shinn added seven, Michelle Edwards added three and Anna Hall, Erica Smith and lone senior Jessi Reilly added two each.

The struggling Kodiak squad followed the lead of Clare Fulp, who poured in 16 points in the losing effort.

The Kards will have the opportunity to march into the championship game and secure a place in the state tournament if they can put together a performance worthy of defeating the Colony Knights at 7:30 p.m. today. The Bears can still make state by taking third place in the regional tournament, a feat they will have to perform by first defeating Skyview at 11:30 a.m. today.

KARDINALS GIRLS 44, BEARS 29

Kenai 6 5 12 21 -- 44

Kodiak 2 4 7 16 -- 29

KENAI (44) -- Knudsen 7 1-3 16, Reilly 0 2-4 2, Montgomery 5 2-4 12, Goggia 0 0-0 0, Edwards 1 1-2 3, McCune 0 0-0 0, hall 0 2-2 2, Shin 2 3-4 7, Erin Smith 0 0-2 0, Erica Smith 1 0-0 2, Rhyner 0 0-0 0. Totals --16 11-21 44.

KODIAK (29) -- Cassidy 1 0-0 2, 1 0-0 2, Stephan 0 2-2 2, A. Brown 0 0-0 0, Gundersen 0 0-0 0, Swartoat 0 0-0 0, Fulp 6 2-2 16, Scarr-Pryor 1 0-0 2, Schmelzenbach 0 0-0 0, Reitze 2 1-2 5, D. Brown 0 0-0 0, Withrow 0 0-0 0. Totals -- 11 5-8 29.

3-point goals -- Kenai 1 (Knudsen); Kodiak 2 (Fulp 2). Total fouls -- Kenai 12, Kodiak 19. Fouled out -- Stephan .

Wasilla boys 48, Homer 46

The Homer Mariners boys basketball team came almost as close as a team can get to tasting victory Thursday as they fought back from a 14-point deficit to bring their regional tourney opener against the Wasilla Warriors right down to the wire.

No matter how hard the Mariners fought though, the Warriors had the final say in the end, hitting the game-winning bucket with 2.6 seconds left on the clock.

The Mariners fell behind 13-8 in the first quarter and kept a similar view from behind for most of the game before tying it up in the fourth quarter, but the Warriors proved to be too much for them as they bodied their way to the last successful shot of the contest and the win.

The Warriors followed the scoring abilities of Ray Schafer, who put in 16 points, while teammate James Watts added 12 to secure the win.

The Mariners used the scoring prowess of Corey Boone, who poured in 19, to stay in the contest while Colby Kincaid pitched in 12 in the losing effort.

Wasilla will get a chance to head into the championship game if they can prove their worth against the winner of the Kodiak-Skyview game at 9:15 p.m. today. Homer will get a chance to fight their way into the state tournament as they look to take down the Skyview-Kodiak loser at 1:15 p.m. today.

WARRIORS BOYS 48, MARINERS 46

Wasilla 13 11 16 8 -- 48

Homer 8 17 8 13 -- 46

WASILLA (48) --Bean 2 0-0 5, Scheirman 0 0-0 0, McCaul 0 0-0 0, Pettijohn 0 0-0 0, Watts 5 0-3 12, Faeo 2 0-2 4, Widmer 0 0-0 0, Webb 1 0-0 2, Collins 3 0-0 9, Heibel 0 0-0 0, Schafer 7 2-7 16. Totals --20 2-12 48.

HOMER (46) --Kuipers 1 2-2 4, Mahan 0 0-0 0, Burns 4 1-2 9, Glanville 1 0-0 2, Boone 8 1-2 19, Stead 0 0-0 0, Holm 0 0-0 0, Todd 0 0-0 0, Kincaid 2 8-10 12, Drake 0 0-0 0, Szajkowski 0 0-0 0, Chambers 0 0-0 0. Totals --16 12-16 46.

3-point goals --Wasilla 6 (Bean 1, Watts 2, Collins 3); Homer 2 (Boone 2). Total fouls -- Wasilla 12, Homer 11. Fouled out -- Webb.

Colony girls 57, Skyview 51, OT

The Skyview Panthers girls basketball team may have failed to topple the Colony Knights, but where they failed they may have shed light for someone else to succeed. One thing is for sure, the Panthers made it clear that Colony does indeed have a weakness.

The Panthers clawed and scratched their way from a 13-point deficit and held the Knights, who have won seven straight region titles, to two points in the fourth quarter to force the game into overtime Thursday.

The finale wasn't what the Panthers were hoping for.

The Panthers kept the game within a reasonable margin of points throughout the contest but could not muster the energy to finish off the 1999-00 state runner-up Knights in overtime.

The Panthers followed the scoring lead of sophomore post player Jenny Carpenter, who had 19 points in the losing effort and was the only Panther to score in double digits. Teammate Amanda Bauer added nine points while Sheena Demaris added eight. Christina Colvin and Amanda Fay added four for Skyview while Courtney Kier pitched in three and Samantha Carlon and Katie Kier rounded out the scoring with two apiece.

The Knights used the scoring abilities of Kristina Klapprich, who had 16 points, while Kelly Quinn added 15 and Cindy Beckman chipped in 10.

The Panthers will take on Kodiak at 11:30 a.m. today while the Knights will have their hands full with Kenai at 7:30 p.m., with the winner advancing to the region championship game.

KNIGHTS GIRLS 57, PANTHERS 51, OT

Colony 14 13 20 2 8 -- 57

Skyview 12 10 12 15 2 -- 51

COLONY (57) -- Colberg 0 1-2 1, Williams 0 0-0 0, Quinn 6 3-8 15, Menard 2 4-6 8, Thaggard 0 5-8 5, Beckman 4 2-5 10, Garrod 0 0-0 0, Gatto 4 0-0 8, Locke 0 0-0 0, Klapprich 8 0-5 16, Murphy 0 0-0 0, Hill 0 0-0 0. Totals -- 21 15-34 57.

SKYVIEW (51) -- Verba 0 0-0 0, Truesdell 0 0-0 0, Colvin 2 0-0 4, Carlon 1 0-0 2, K. Kier 1 0-0 2, J. Beever 0 0-0 0, Bauer 4 1-2 9, Demaris 4 0-0 8, Carpenter 8 3-4 19, C. Kier 1 1-1 3, Gebhardt 0 0-0 0, Fay 2 0-2 4. Totals -- 21 5-13 51.

3-point goals --Colony 0; Skyview 0. Total fouls -- Colony 16, Skyview 20. Fouled out -- Klapprich, Demaris.

Wasilla girls 25, Homer 16

In a game that found the Homer Mariners girls basketball team scoring only two points in the entire first half and not attempting a single free throw, one would not expect to see that the Wasilla Warriors only managed 25 points to notch the win Thursday.

The Warriors relied on their 11-point first half to hold on for the win against the Mariners, who matched Wasilla point for point throughout second-half play.

The Mariners followed the lead of senior guard Sara Brooks, the only player to score in double digits for either team with 12, while Brittney Gaethle and Edith Lane added two points each in the losing effort.

The Mariners move on to face the Soldotna Stars, who fell to the Palmer Moose 37-31, today at 8 a.m. The Warriors will try to prove their skill as they take on the Moose at 5:45 p.m. for a chance to proceed to the championship game.

WARRIORS GIRLS 25, MARINERS 16

Wasilla 5 6 8 6 -- 25

Homer 0 2 4 10 -- 16

WASILLA (25) --Haley 0 0-0 0 , James 0 0-0 0, Tompkins 1 0-0 3, Jerks 0 0-0 0, Schirack 2 0-0 4, Adcock 0 0-0 0, Lund 0 0-0 0, Hayes 1 0-0 2, Jillson 0 1-2 1, Kroon 3 1-1 7, Wininger 4 0-0 8, Giman 0 0-0 0. Totals -- 11 2-3 25.

HOMER (16) -- Eller 0 0-0 0, Creamer 0 0-0 0, High 0 0-0 0, Mack 0 0-0 0, Thompson 0 0-0 0, Epley 0 0-0 0, Crandall 0 0-0 0, Brooks 5 0-0 12, Cousins 0 0-0 0, Cundiff 0-0 0, Gaethle 1 0-0 2, Lane 1 0-0 2. Totals -- 7 0-0 16.

3-point goals -- Wasilla 1 (Tompkins); Homer 2 (Brooks 2). Total fouls -- Wasilla 5, Homer 6. Fouled out --High.

Palmer girls 37, Soldotna 31

The Soldotna Stars girls basketball team fell behind early in the game against the Palmer Moose and could not climb their way out of a hole they dug and found out was just too deep.

The Stars fell behind 19-16 in the first half and found that the third quarter would be their undoing as they scored only three points compared to Palmer's eight. The Stars put together a 12-point last-ditch fourth-quarter attempt but the Moose proved too much for the Soldotna squad.

The Moose followed the scoring lead of junior Sara Bergeron, who scored 11 points.

The Stars found only one player hitting double digits as they followed Rachel Besse with 10 points. Besse's sister Gretta added seven in the losing effort while Jennifer Senette, Samantha Penner and Amy Breakfield added four. Danielle Kerrone took up the rear with two points.

The Stars will face off against the Homer Mariners today at 8 a.m. The Mariners fell to the Wasilla Warriors 25-16 in the opening game of the tournament. The Moose will take up arms against the Warriors of Wasilla at 4 p.m. in hopes of moving to the championship bout.

MOOSE GIRLS 37, STARS 31

Palmer 8 11 8 10 -- 37

Soldotna 10 6 3 12 -- 31

PALMER (37) -- Callison 3 1-2 7, Kendall 0 0-0 0, Azure 0 0-0 0, Lee 2 0-0 6, Kwapp 2 0-2 4, Johnson 2 0-0 5, Bolling 0 0-0 0, Sakis 0 0-2 0, Dixon 1 0-0 2, Bergeron 5 1-2 11, Hillis 1 0-1 2, Virgin 0 0-0 0. Totals --16 2-9 37.

SOLDOTNA (31) -- Senette 2 0-0 4, Wolfe 0 0-0 0, Christensen 0 0-0 0, Kerrone 1 0-0 2, G. Besse 3 1-4 7, Penner 1 2-2 4, Syverson 0 0-0 0, Severson 0 0-0 0, Gillbert 0 0-0 0, Zobeck 0 0-0 0, Breakfield 2 0-0 4, R. Besse 5 0-2 10. Totals -- 14 3-8 31.

3-point goals -- Palmer 3 (Johnson 1, Lee 2); Soldotna 0. Total fouls -- Palmer 9, Soldotna 14. Fouled out -- none.

Colony boys 55, Soldotna 48

The Soldotna Stars boys basketball team fell behind 10 points in the first half and could not make a comeback as they fell to the overpowering court presence of the Colony Knights Thursday.

The Stars found themselves struggling to climb back from a 33-23 first-half drubbing by the Knights, who used the scoring abilities of 6-foot-2 senior guard Cole Magner to pick apart the Stars' defense.

The double-digit scoring of Soldotna's Nick Christensen, who led the Stars with 16 points, Adam Kiffmeyer, who had 11, and Shaun Williams, who added 10, was not enough to hang with the scoring abilities of Colony.

Magner led the Knights with a scoreboard rattling 25 points while Josh Williams pitched in 10.

The Stars will face off against Kenai Peninsula rival Kenai today at 9:45 a.m. in a grudge match that ended with an even-split 1-1 record between the teams. Colony marches forward in hopes of slaying the Palmer Moose at 5:45 p.m.

KNIGHTS BOYS 55, STARS 48

Colony 13 20 10 12 -- 55

Soldotna 4 19 13 12 -- 48

COLONY (55) -- Swank 1 2-2 5, Williams 3 2-4 10, Manasco 0 0-0 0, DeGroff 0 0-0 0, Hotchkiss 0 0-0 0, Davies 1 0-2 2, Wright 1 0-2 2, Magner 10 3-4 25, Elliot 3 0-1 7, J. Christensen 3 0-0 6, Hyalip 0 0-0 0, McBride 0 0-0 0. Totals -- 21 5-11 55.

SOLDOTNA (48) -- Kelley 3 1-1 6, Williams 4 2-2 10, Simpson 0 0-0 0, N. Christensen 7 1-2 16, Hardina 0 0-0 0, Kiffmeyer 3 5-5 11, Zeyer 0 0-0 0, Hughes 0 0-0 0, Metteer 2 0-0 5, Morris 0 0-0 0, Rose 0 0-0 0, Kohler 0 0-0 0. Totals -- 19 9-10 48.

3-point goals -- Colony 6 (Elliot 1, Swank 1, Williams 2, Magner 2); Soldotna 3 (Kelley 1, Christensen 1, Metteer 1). Total fouls -- Colony 13, Soldotna 13. Fouled out -- none.

Palmer boys 89, Kenai 56

The Kenai Kardinals boys basketball team fell under the dominating hoof of the Palmer Moose for the second time this season Thursday.

The Moose sauntered away with the victory after holding the game firmly in a victorious grip at the end of the first half, leading 49-23 at the buzzer. The Kards stumbled against the overwhelming scoring power of the dominant Palmer squad, watching helplessly as three Moose players scored into the high teens and another nipped at their heels with his double-digit performance.

The Kards found eight of their players putting points on the scoreboard and even with the intense 21-point effort by Marcus Webster, the team's only double-digit scorer, could not keep up with the fast-paced Palmer basketball.

The Moose followed the leads of juniors Adam Nielsen and Zac Forsyth, who had 18 points apiece, while C. J. Hooker added 17 and Zach Pettit pitched in 14. The Moose used the scoring abilities of 10 of their 12 players to crush the Kardinals.

Kenai will get a chance to knock peninsula rival Soldotna out of the tournament as the two square off today at 9:45 a.m. Palmer will get a chance to advance to the championship game as the Moose set up to take on the Colony Knights at 5:45 p.m.

MOOSE BOYS 89, KARDINALS 56

Palmer 28 21 14 26 -- 89

Kenai 8 15 16 17 -- 56

PALMER (89) -- Johnson 0 1-2 1, Rupp 0 0-0 0, Forsyth 6 5-7 18, Arcala 3 0-0 6, Pettit 5 2-2 14, Hill 2 1-2 5, Perkins 2 0-0 4, Hooker 6 5-6 17, Dubois 0 0-0 0, Nielsen 8 2-5 18, Bryant 2 0-0 4, Chapman 1 0-0 2. Totals -- 35 16-24 89.

KENAI (56) -- Pault 1 0-0 2, Church 1 5-6 7, Alexander 3 0-0 6, Foley 0 0-0 0, Webster 9 3-4 21, Magsayo 4 0-0 8, Schooley 1 1-1 3, Barnes 0 0-0 0, Burck 2 0-0 5, Dunn 2 0-0 4, Myers 0 0-0 0. Totals -- 23 9-11 56.

3-point goals --Palmer 3 (Forsyth 1, Pettit 2); Kenai 1 (Burck). Total fouls -- Palmer 12, Kenai 16. Fouled out --none.



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